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AG Paxton warns Texans of new tax scam

The AG says scammers call consumers and tell them they owe back taxes. Then they threaten to have them arrested if they don’t provide immediate payment. (MGN Online)

Attorney General Ken Paxton is urging the population to be on the lookout for a new scam targeting taxpayers in the state.

In a press release, Paxton tells people to be aware of a recurring tax-related scam involving unsolicited calls from people posing as IRS agents.

The AG says scammers call consumers and tell them they owe back taxes. Then they threaten to have them arrested if they don’t provide immediate payment.

Impostors sometimes use letter or emails that may appear official, but official statements from the IRS will most likely come in the form of a letter and will never demand personal information.

If you receive an unexpected call from someone who claims to be with the IRS, follow these tips from the Consumer Protection Division of the attorney general’s office:

  • Hang up! The IRS never makes unsolicited threatening phone calls.
  • The IRS will never ask you to send money via wire or a prepaid credit card.
  • Don’t be fooled by caller ID indicating it’s the IRS. Scammers use “spoof” phone numbers to give the appearance of being legitimate.
  • Be suspicious of voice mail messages from scam artists who claim they’re with the IRS and leave a call back number with a Washington, D.C., area code. Report the phone number to the Texas attorney general’s office and the IRS.
  • If you think you may owe money to the IRS, contact it directly at 800-829-1040 or at www.irs.gov.

Disclaimer: The IRS does partner with some private debt collectors, these businesses will not operate in the same manner as a scammer. Find more information about their operations here.

If you get a suspicious call, report all details to the Consumer Protection Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office at this link and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at this link.


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